At Eye C of E Primary we use 'Letters and Sounds' for the teaching and learning of phonics. This is a structured programme that takes children through their phonics learning from making and hearing sounds in the early years, through learning 44+ phonemes during Reception and Year 1, leading onto learning more complex spelling strategies in Year 2. Learning is divided into Phases, starting with Phase 2-3 in Reception, Phase 4-5 in Year 1 and Phase 6/Support for Spelling in Year 2. However, it is possible that children will be working above or below these phases in each year group.
In addition to 'Letters and Sounds', children in Reception will also use Jolly Phonics, a multi sensory approach, to help them learn their early phonemes. If you wish to investigate the Jolly Phonics teaching sequence and actions for each sound, please click on the link below.
Children will learn the to recognise each letter and match it to its sound, moving onto groups of two (digraphs) or three (trigraphs) of letters that say new sounds when together. They learn how to pronounce these sounds (phonemes) correctly so that they can blend (sound out) words successfully.
The following video shows how to pronounce each of the sounds your child will learn.
How can you support your child at home with their phonics?
3. Investigate some of the phonics links given below
Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping pre-schoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home.
The Parent/Teacher Guide provides background information on the Jolly Phonics programme and also suggests products that would be suitable for use in the home.